In the summer of 1987 recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) resorts to taking a nowhere summer job at his local amusement park. The plan is to save up to get started at Journalism School in New York. Surprisingly, it is the perfect place to prepare him for the real world. Besides, there he meets alluring (but attached) Em Lewin (Kristen Stewart), who is struggling with her own problems.
Review by Louise Keller:
She is bewitched by a vampire in Twilight and here Kristen Stewart takes a shine to a nerdy would-be writer she meets on their summer job at Adventureland. It is yet another impressive performance from 19 year old Stewart, who just shines as brightly here as she embarks on an emotional journey with another troubled soul. Her journey is matched by Jesse Eisenberg's protagonist James, who like the uncool, unworldly William from Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, has plenty of living, learning and growing up to do. Greg Mottola's auto-biographical coming of age story has plenty of heart and although the elements of a first-love plot with all its complications are not new, the script is a good one with detailed